Recipes

Main Dishes

Pan-Fried Pork Chops

Fried pork chops are an old stand-by in Southern cooking, and for good reason. This is "sturdy" food, flavorful and hearty. And pork chops go well with most of the side dishes that Southerners love so much. So here's a main dish that must be mastered! Read More
Pan-Fried Pork Chops
Breads

Angel Cornbread

I normally don't care for sugar -- or even flour -- in my cornbread, but when Betty Shearer made some of this for me, I had no trouble figuring out why they call it "angel cornbread." As a "special" cornbread, this is high on my list. Thank you, Betty. Read More
Angel Cornbread
Sweets

Fried Pies

Of all the comfort foods in the world, this is one of the most comfortable. I don't think a person can eat a fried pie without thinking of their grandmother, or perhaps some other very special person from a bygone generation who used to make fried pies. Read More
Fried Pies
Beverages

Lemonade

The word "lemonade" is just a variant spelling of "summertime." Who can resist a tall glass (or Mason jar) full of this icy, sweet-sour goodness? And when you give people a choice at the table, lemonade will often get as many takers as iced tea. Read More
Lemonade
Sweets

Banana Pudding (Quick)

Since the advent of this quick banana pudding -- a convenient cousin to traditional banana pudding -- it has swept all across the South. This amazing dessert is such a crowd-pleaser, it is somewhat embarrassing to admit how easy it is to make. Read More
Banana Pudding
Beverages

Iced Tea

Is it "iced tea" or "ice tea"? You decide. But the fact that Southerners enjoy debating such things is probably an indication that, unemployed as we are, we have too much time on our hands. In any case, "iced tea" is indeed the table wine of the South. Read More
Iced Tea
Side Dishes

Pickled Beets

Here is some genuine down-home cooking nostalgia -- a tangy accent that is almost an essential part of any respectable meat-and-three throw-down. And pickled beets are another of those "refrigerator" dishes that just get better after a few days in the fridge. Read More
Pickled Beets
Main Dishes

Cornbread Dressing

Young ladies, don't lose this valuable recipe. It is an important document. Somewhere out there is a young man you're going to want to fall in love with you, and this recipe will do the trick. If not, that is a guy you do not want to be married to, I'm telling you what. Read More
Cornbread Dressing
Accompaniments

Cucumbers and Onions

Cucumbers & onions marinated in sweet-salty vinegar may be an acquired taste, but once it is acquired the taste is memorably good. This makes a wonderful side dish to go with traditional summertime meals, but I believe it's too good to limit to the summer. Read More
Cucumbers and Onions